The Starr Hand Plane Irons 1846 – 1848

This is written by John Moody, woodworker and site admin for The Patriot Woodworker website.  Here, he takes a look at a wooden hand plane in their “Throw Back Thursday” event.
Here is John’s story:
In the past few weeks while helping to clean out an old building, I ran upon this old wooden plane which at the time was quite dusty and dirty. It was about to make it’s way to the burn pile when I ask if I might have it. Immediately I took it to the truck and saved it from the burn pile. All I knew at the time was this was just an old wooden plane, but looked good enough I thought I could put it on a shelf in my office for conversation.

While spraying some finish on a table this week and waiting for it to dry between coats I decided to take the old plane and clean it up and see if there were any markings on it. To my surprise as I removed the many layers of dirt and rust from the cutter, I noticed some lettering beginning to show. I started getting a little excited as it is then you can at least research your finding and see where it might have traveled from and to. The letters E.W.N. Starr & Co were all I could make out at first. Then there were a few letters on a second line and CAST on the bottom line.

That started me in my Google search to see what I could find out about E.W.N. Starr & Co.  According to a web site I found on Tool Makers of Middletown, Connecticut, The Starr company made Plane Irons only from 1846 – 1848. The company was started in Hartford by Nathan Starr, Sr. around 1787 who was a blacksmith by trade. In 1812 He moved to Middletown, Connecticut and operated a factory on Starr Mill. The company manufactured swords, pistols and eventually rifles for the U. S. Government and also made muskets. Nathan Sr. died in 1821 and his son carried on till 1845. During this period some 70,000 arms of varied kinds were made here. A number of commemorative swords for national heroes were also produced including one for Andrew Jackson. It was managed by three generations of the Starr family. Elihu William Nathan Starr was born 10 August 1812 and Died 14 June 1891.

Here is the logo from the Tool Makers of Middleton, Co. Site.

The Starr Manufacturing Building.
The Starr Co was located near another plane company, the Baldwin Tool Co.
In 1783 Enos Baldwin was born in Cavendish, VT and in 1807 He comes on the scene as a toolmaker in Albany, NY. He opened a shop at 90 Elizabeth Street in the heart of what is now Lower Manhattan. Enos trained both of his sons, Austin and Eldridge Gerry to work in the business learning the trade of tool making. Enos died at an early age of 45. E. Baldwin became A&E Baldwin in 1830 with the half brothers running the business. The two brothers built the business into an impressive operation. They are also likely responsible for training many of the other NYC makers know to be in the tool making business. The partnership lasted until 1841.

So after finding the name of the plane iron I got out some Murphy’s Oil Soap and a soft bristle brush to see if I could find a logo on the front of the wood plane. After a little scrubbing here is what I was able to see.

I could only make out New York on the bottom so I took several pictures and put them on a larger monitor so I could enlarge them and have good resolution. I was able to make out a BA at the top and IN near the New York, so I started looking for information on the Baldwins to see what kind of stamps they might have used on their planes.

They had several different ones but looking through them I found what I am pretty sure is the one that is located on the front of the plane I have. Here is another picture of my plane.

So with just a little more cleaning the BALDWIN and NEW YORK shows up but I couldn’t make out what was on the left side until I found this web site.

It was then apparent that the left side had A & E. What also become interesting is that E.W.N. Starr had stock in Baldwin Tool Company. Starr was supplying plane Irons to Baldwin.  So it looks very much like the plane I have is in fact an A.&E. Baldwin made in New York and a plane Iron made by E.W.N. Starr & Co. of Middletown, CT that would have been made between 1846 and 1848. My own conclusion is that this plane is definitely per Civil War and not really sure how it made it from the far North East to North Alabama. It would be nice if I could find the owner of it in this area. I plan on doing a little more research on who owned the building we were clearing and what connections they might have had. A link to Starr Iron blades and cost in 1847.The plane is 22″ long and has a few age cracks in it. The tote is solid and doesn’t have any breaks or cracks. The Iron looks to have been abused a bit with someone not knowing how to adjust the blade and beating on it with a hammer pretty hard to roll the edge like it is.  So this is my Throw Back Thursday Tool. Hope you enjoyed it and how you find a way to save all the old tools you run into. You just never know what story they have to tell. Don’t let them go to the burn pile.  Instead of just a piece on a shelf, now I have something I know some of the history about and the neat thing is it didn’t cost me a dime.

John Moody
The Patriot Woodworker Site Administrator

http://www.johnmoodywoodworks.com
“Don’t make something unless it is both necessary and useful; but if it is both necessary and useful, don’t hesitate to make it beautiful.” Shaker Saying

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NEW! WoodRiver DV2 Self-Centering Drilling Vise from Woodcraft

153220bWant to get into lathe turning to make pens, bottle stoppers, or other items?  Don’t have a drill press?  No worries!

Woodcraft has come up with a solution with a much lower price point than having to purchase a drill press.  The NEW WoodRiver DV2 Self-Centering Drilling Vise (item #158385) makes it easy and affordable, utilizing your corded or cordless hand drill.  Bore straight, accurate holes for everything from pen blanks to bottle stoppers.

The Vertical “V” slots in the vise’s jaws secure round or square blanks under the drilling guide, keeping them parallel and square for consistently accurate and repeatable drilling. Fully adjustable to accommodate pen blanks and bottle stopper blanks up to 1-1/2”. A sturdy angled steel base allows for comfortable use with a hand held drill. Just clamp a pen or bottle stopper blank in the vise, center under your guide, and drill away. Vise will remain centered on every subsequent pen blank and bottle stopper up to 1-1/2″ square (2-3/16″ diagonal).

The WoodRiver DV2 Self-Centering Drilling Vise includes a set of 4 Drilling Guides and Stop Collars for the most commonly used sizes (7mm, 10mm, 25/64″, and 27/64″). Other sized drilling guides and stop collars sold separately.

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With the development of the Whiteside “TruFit” Pen Maker’s Bits which are designed to fit the brass tubes of the pen kits, the use of these bits are NOT recommended. Please use any standard pen maker’s or brad point bits for the best fit with the guide collars.

Full details and other new products are provided for on this WoodRiver DV2 Vice by product development manager, Ben Bice.

No excuses, turn your creativity loose with this new vice fixture, and make something you’ll be proud to own or give away.

auf Wiedersehen!…Frank

Woodcraft Designs New Pinnacle Scrub Plane

From the tool archives of the past, Woodcraft brings back the all new Pinnacle Scrub Plane with easy to use features and added comfort.
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DSCN1335aTraditionally, a scrub plane is used when you have to remove quite a bit of wood from the edge or surface of a board, yet not enough to rip with a saw, but still having a great deal to plane.  Its heavy, narrow, rounded cutter makes it possible to quickly and easily bring down the board to rough dimensions.  Use it to back out base boards, true up sub flooring, size large timber or clean gritty boards.  Made from 1896-1914, Woodcraft brings back this icon from an era long gone and produces it on American soil.

The concept for this project came from the 1920’s Stanley Scrub Plane.  Our product development group restored and polished up an old plane into functioning order.  Using it for some time, we learned the intricacies of the plane itself.  Then the question came, could this be manufactured and assembled in the United States?

DSCN2130Six months of research and finding companies willing to take on such a task, we found that we could bring this American icon back, and keep it in the USA at an affordable price offering of $169.99.  Plans were set in motion to start designing, tooling was created and the first prototype was delivered.  Testing proved that this plane should be able to ride over rough surfaces yet still remove wood.  The corners were rounded over to decrease tracking and the back was rounded to not catch on the return stroke.  The addition of the blade support worked out well providing another friction point to stabilize the blade when taking large bites of material.

planehandlesetAfter receiving many opinions as to the size and feel of the tote and knob, the handle designs were still an issue, so we sent it up to the “Handtool Coach” Rob Cosman to design both parts.  Rob drew his inspiration from years of use with other scrub planes and came out with a set of handles that will have a fit for almost any situation.  We chose walnut to keep with the American theme and drew on knowledge from a company that has been making handles for over 80 years.  Two coats of a mat finish really make the walnut grain come to life.

DSCN1330aThe tote height has changed from the original to accommodate a full hand grip since many use this plane one handed.  By doing so, we found the need to reduce the blade length to accommodate the increase of the tote height.  We found a company here in the States that has close to 50 years of experience to produce a new blade for the 40-1/2.  Made from high quality A2 steel and hardened to a Rockwell 60-62, the blade edge is hand ground with a secondary bevel and polished.  All other edges are softened for grip ease.

DSCN1409bFinally the plane cap was originally fitted with a ½” screw and knob but we decided to increase this to ease tightening by using a ¾” 304 stainless for years of service.  Other hardware includes machined rods for the handles and capped with a brass cap screw, all in ¼”-20 so that years from now when the owners grandchildren inherit the plane, these parts will be easy to fabricate.

Three sets of prototypes were made.  Thanks to the help of new 3D CAD technology capabilities, this helped to keep cost down.   We can honestly say this has been a labor of love for hand tools.  This has not always been easy but that comes with the territory!

DSCN1395aWoodworking Adventures visited the woodshop of Craig Bentzley in Pennsylvania to get the scoop on the new Pinnacle 40 1/2 Scrub Plane,

Features:

  • Optimized For Coarse Stock Removal
  • Traditional Design Enhanced For Modern Woodworking
  • Proudly Made In The USA
  • Ergonomically Designed For Better Comfort During Extended Use With A Longer Forward Leaning Rear Tote Made From Black Walnut
  • 3″ Radius Blade Is Made From A2 Steel & Hardened To 60-62 HRC
  • Flat Sole With Radius Edges To Allow The Plane To Glide Over Rough Surfaces & Minimalize Tracking
  • Larger Front Knob For Comfort And Control

This new Pinnacle Scrub Plane is now available at Woodcraft.

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Be sure to look for the full article with Craig on the new Woodcraft Pinnacle Scrub Plane in the Dec/Jan Issue of Woodcraft Magazine.

auf Wiedersehen!…Frank

Too Sharp??!! Woodworking by Jerill Vance

In woodworking most tools need to be sharp to do quality work. We spend a great deal of pride and time in getting them sharp and maintaining the edge. Many woodworkers have asked me when is a cutting edge sharp. There are several methods to determine if an edge is sharp but I always say if you can do quality work with minimal effort then the tool is sharp enough for that task. And until recently I did not think anything in the shop could be too sharp. This summer I actually cut my skin (similar to a paper cut) on the edge of a board after I dimensioned that board. The edge is always knocked off during the sanding stages so the danger is not there for very long. Of course all the edges need to be sanded slightly round prior to applying a film finish because the finish will not adhere to a sharp edge. So for the first time I have to admit that an edge can be too sharp! Are the edges in your shop sharp enough or too sharp?

Enjoy your shop time,
Jerill

Kreg Automaxx Technology Sets New “Klamping” Standard

158507Tired of re-adjusting your clamps to hold different wood thickness or having multiple clamp setups?  Still not enough pressure held once adjusted?  Well, Kreg and Woodcraft have the answer for that.  The new Automaxx™ Bench Klamps adjust automatically to hold materials that are thin, thick, or anywhere in between.  Set the clamping pressure once, using an easy-to-regulate thumbscrew, and the Automaxx™ Bench Clamps do the rest.  They lock closed easily and consistently every time and with every thickness. Compatible with Kreg Jig®, Kreg Portable Base, and Kreg Jig® Jr.

  • Automatically adjusts to any material thickness up to 2-7/8″
  • 3″ reach for face members 2″ and narrower
  • Simple thumbscrew adjustment for clamping pressure
  • Comfortable handle grips for reduced hand fatigue
  • Large pivoting jaws with added pads for aligning face joints

Watch this quick video to get the idea, and head to Woodcraft to get your Automaxx™ Bench Clamps today.

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Additionally, check out the new Kreg 3-Inch and 6-Inch Automaxx™ Face Clamps, now available at your local Woodcraft store or online. These Face Clamps work in the same manner and technology as the Bench Klamps, adjusting automatically to clamp materials that are thin, thick, or in between.   You can clamp a 2×4 and then a 1/2″ piece of plywood without
ever re-adjusting the clamp.  Kreg joinery just got a little easier, thanks to the versatility and simplicity of Automaxx™ Face Clamps.  Below, Dave Stone, Kreg’s social media guy, demos the Face Clamps showing you all the capabilities.

So stop cranking, fumbling and re-adjusting, get these new clamps and enjoy a better clamping method today!

auf Wiedersehen!…Frank

The Custom Workbench by Rob Cosman

Recently (left to right below) Jake; Rob’s shop assistant, Dave; Rob, and Rob’s son-in-law, Chris “Frick” Wetmore built this custom workbench.  Frick was more involved on the social media side of things doing site management, videography and editing.  According to Rob, the need for a bench arose when he realized most of his online students were working on the end of their table saw or worse yet, a shop mate!  Rob said, “I have a friend/customer that had been asking me to make him a super-duper bench so what better time!  I use to make and sell benches but the selling price missed the actual cost by a few miles!  I really enjoy making benches so I would entertain making another one.  I bought back a bench I made 12 years ago and recently upgraded it and re-sold it.  Point is, the market may be ready for a few custom benches.  The hardware available has been a real downer so the chance to redesign and have a better mouse trap made was a big motivator.  I ended up having new hardware made for the two benches in my shop plus the one I recently refurbished and sold, made a huge improvement.  I think this latest bench is a bit over the top, I would not want to be the one to make the first “ding” in it!”

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The bench is made from Mahogany and Hard Maple; all the horizontal Maple surfaces are veneered with ¼” thick Birdseye.  The base is actually Spanish Cedar, looks like Mahogany and a lot less expensive.  It even has a sharpening station!tail vise sharpening station

The bench dogs have “T”shaped slots cut in them and “T” shaped pieces held in place with two springs from ball point pens.  This provides enough tension to hold the dog in place over a greater range of heights.  Works very nice.

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Rob designed a better knuckle for connecting the threaded rod to the movable vise.  It allows some horizontal movement to account for pieces that don’t have parallel sides however there is no vertical slop.

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Over the top! Nah! Dovetail corners, Mahogany ramp, a tool tray, stretcher wedge…

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Adjustable hinged height block features a 3″ lift.  Rob said, “The older you get the harder it is to bend over.  Using a plane it is advantageous to lean over the plane and use your body weight, especially when cutting dovetails.  It is better done at a higher, more comfortable stance.  You want the bench low for hand planing and high for cutting dovetails. Young folks can adapt, older folks don’t want to!  For the finish, I applied several coats of thinned Tung oil on the top and sprayed the rest with lacquer.  I did not want the excessively slippery surface lacquer leaves on the top, also wanted a surface that was easy to repair/refresh.”

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Here is a brand new video, just YouTube posted at the time of this blog posting, by Rob on the build of this fine workbench…

Online Workshop Involves Both Cosmans
In 2011, Rob launched an online hand-tool workshop that was followed the next year by a second hand/power tool workshop, both projects aimed at reducing Rob’s need for travel away from home allowing him to spend more time with his family.  Jake has been the cameraman for both workshops, as well as doubling as the featured apprentice, working through the hand skills as the student for his dad, the instructor. “I film five days a week. We try to keep the price really low so people can participate,” Rob said.  “I have an online forum.  If someone asks a really good question, Jake goes in and films the answer.  My son-in-law downloads the videos to the website.  We try to make the experience as if the person is standing right there.  The audience likes our casual approach, we don’t cut anything and we work through the mistakes.”  Here is more about Rob’s online workshop program:

Today Rob sees woodworking as an enjoyable hobby, but a difficult career.  He speaks from experience.  A college graduate, he launched a 12-year career as a custom furnituremaker trying to support a growing family.  “I did all sorts of things to make it work. I sold graduation rings.  I insulated basements.”  In 1999, it became clear to Rob that he could never charge enough to make the income he needed.  “I realized that the only people who would appreciate my work were the people who wanted to learn how to do it.”

From Tool Demos to DVDs to Teaching
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In 2000, the opportunity to import a line of tools and sell them in Canada led Rob to produce instructional DVDs.  “I recognized as I was selling these tools that many of these people had no experience in how to use them,”  Rob said, “I started making DVDs to help them learn how to use the tools.  As a result of the DVDs, I began to receive invitations to teach.  I now have the perfect scenario.  

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Teaching is challenging and fun, and I am getting paid to pursue my hobby, which is building furniture.”  Rob also continues to add to his line of premium hand tools. When asked what prompted him to design and make tools, he said: “Guilt!  I was demonstrating to the audience with tools I had either modified or made.  A lot of what I do is made easier because of these tools.  As students recognized this, the demand for my tools became apparent.  I could not find anyone willing to build them so I decided I would have to do it myself.”

To learn more about Rob, his workshops, DVDs and tools, visit www.robsworkshop.com and http://www.robcosman.com.

In conclusion, it is an honor to know and learn from Rob in both woodworking and his views on life in general.  Look for Rob at most Woodcraft shows and stores near you!  You’ll be glad you did.
Thanks Rob, we appreciate all you do!
auf Wiedersehen!…Frank

Woodcraft Celebrates Spring with 3-Day Sales Event

This sale is so big, we decided to spring into action a little early!  Get a head start into WOODCRAFT for the 3-DAY SALES EVENT starting today, February 28th, for all your woodworking needs.  JET & POWERMATIC Machines are 15% off (starting March 1 & 2) + Free Shipping – some exclusions apply*.

  • 10% Off Power Tools, Exclusions Apply*
  • 15% Off JET & POWERMATIC Machinery (starting March 1 & 2) & Everything Else (starting Feb 28th), Exclusions Apply*
  • The 15% off also includes Woodcraft Magazine, Plans, Magazine Downloads, and all educational materials, Exclusions Apply*.

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*Exclusions:

  • Gift Cards; All Dovetail/FMT Jigs; All Dowelmax, Festool, SawStop, Select JET & Powermatic Machines, Tormek Products & Select Kreg Tools.
  • Offer Good On All Other Regularly Priced Merchandise.
  • Not Valid With Any Other Discount Or Coupon Offer.
  • Discounts Not Applicable To Quantity Pricing.
  • Excludes Special Orders.
  • Excludes Laser Engraving & Sharpening Services.
  • Excludes Jet 1221VS Lathe, Woodcraft Item #856325, (free shipping available).
  • Excludes Powermatic 18″ Drill Press, Model PM2800B, Woodcraft Item #855941, (free shipping available).
  • Excludes Powermatic 15″ Bandsaw, Model PM1500, Woodcraft Item #855742, (free shipping available).
  • Excludes Powermatic Lathe with Lamp Kit, Model 4224B, Woodcraft Item #854112, (free shipping available).
  • Excludes Woodcraft Magazine Subscriptions.
  • ONLY Jet & Powermatic Machines Ship Free.
  • Excludes ALL Other Free Shipping on Machines.

*Free Shipping Exclusions:

  • JET Dust Collector, 1.5 HP 1PH 115/230V, 5 Micron Bag, Model DC1100MK, Woodcraft Item #847433.
  • Jet Air Filtration System, Model AFS-1000B, Woodcraft Item #815488.
  • Jet Mini Lathe with Indexing Head, Model 708375, Woodcraft Item #147822.

*Additional Sale Information:

  • Sale At Participating Retail Stores, Catalog & Internet.
  • Jet & Powermatic Machinery Sale Extends to March 11th.
  • Jet & Powermatic Accessories On Sale March 1st & 2nd Only.

Now that you’ve read this, don’t wait, head to your local Woodcraft store or shop online to SAVE BIG today!

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WoodRiver Shoulder Plane Review with Jerill Vance

WoodRiver Shoulder Plane_info2The new WoodRiver No. 92 Shoulder Plane combines the best of the Edward Preston and Sons’ plane designs with modern WoodRiver® features to create a “new classic” with the look and feel of a shiny antique but the body of shoulder plane equipped for serious shop work, whether cleaning up tenons, rabbets and dadoes or creating joints.

The WoodRiver No. 92 is the result of two years of extensive prototyping and testing to develop a classic look for a plane that works as good as it looks.  The classic shoulder plane features were retained – narrow body, slightly proud blade (to clean corners), sides square to the sole, flat bottoms and a necessary robustness—but a major new feature was added, an adjustable toe used to control the throat opening and help to minimize tear-out.

The body of the No. 92 is Cr40 stress-relieved ductile steel, machined square and flat, and the blade is Mn65 tool steel hardened to 60-64 Rc which combines toughness with the ability to take a keen edge.

The blade advancement mechanism is smooth and precise.  Dimensions : Body–length 7″, width 3/4″, height 2-1/2″; Overall Plane–length 8-13/16″, width 3/4″, height 3-1/4″; weight: 2 lbs., 3.4 oz.; bedded angle, 15°; blade angle 25°.

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  • For tweaking tenons, rabbets and dados
  • Sides square to sole
  • Classic look and feel
  • Adjustable Mouth for Minimizing Tear out

We asked woodworker and teacher, Jerill Vance to take a look at our shoulder plane and give us an unbiased review based on his woodworking knowledge and experience.  We first met Jerill almost 3 years ago at the Pocahontas Woods Fine Woodworking School, where he obtained his woodworking degree.  You can find out all about Jerill from our previous blog, Pocahontas Woods Fine Woodworking Schooland from his website - www.JerillVanceWoodworks.com.

DSCN5692Jerill stated, “Recently, I obtained a new Wood River #92 Shoulder Plane.  It is an elegant, precision instrument of quality craftsmanship at a very modest price.  The look, weight and comfort of this tool make it the envy of any woodworker.  After spending a brief but enjoyable amount of time fine tuning and sharpening the iron in this plane, it created very fine shavings.  With the adjustable mouth and blade it can be set up to easily trim a misaligned shoulder on any tenon joint.  However, as I explained to a friend of mine, it is more than just a shoulder plane.  The blade can be set flush with one edge and used to pare away excess material on the cheeks of the tenon.  While I have the plane in my hand I also use it to chamfer the leading edge of the tenon.”

“So I wonder why is it not called a tenoning plane?  To me it seems more logical since I use on every aspect of the tenon and not just the shoulder.  How many hand tools excel in versatility but are stigmatized with a name that implies only one use?  So if you don’t own a “tenoning” plane I suggest you consider one of these multi-use tools.  Those on a fixed woodworking budget will be surprised at the modest price.  So check out the Wood River #92 shoulder… I mean tenoning – plane.  I am sure will you find a great use of this tool.”

Jerill also took the time to visit us at our Woodcraft Magazine Shop where we recorded this interview…

Check out the new WoodRiver No. 92 Shoulder Plane, item #154032, now available at your local Woodcraft store or online.  Jerill, thank you for all your time and support on this project, we appreciate all your efforts.

auf Wiedersehen…Frank!

How to Make Your Own Ice Cream Scoop

Woodcraft’s new stainless steel ice cream scoop is sure to be a great addition to your kitchen utencils. Adding your design shape and material type to complement your kitchen is up to you! Woodcraft has a huge selection of exotic and domestic wood to choose from for this fun and easy project. We’ll walk you through how you can make your very own ice cream scoop handle with just a few hours of your time. Woodcraft has all of the components you will need to build this ice cream scoop. Let’s begin by purchasing the NEW Stainless Steel Ice Cream Scoop Kit, Woodcraft Item #153928. (Click on all photos for enlargement or additional information)

 

Next, I chose this NEW Curly Cherry Wood (2x2x6 block, Woodcraft Item #154466), which will arrive at your local Woodcraft stores and online in various sizes including pen blanks sometime in October 2012. I chose this wood because of the marbled grain and color details. Our Product Development Manager and wood guru, George Snyder brought this upcoming product to my attention, so I thought it would make a great choice coupled with the new scoop.

Finding the Centers
I marked my centers at each end of the wood block with the ZERO ZERO Center Finder from Woodcraft, Item #02J14 (which happens to be ON SALE July 1st through July 26th, 2012). I like this item because of the see-through visibility to easily find the center accurately by creating lines made from each of the wood block’s 4 corners. I proceeded to punch the center by using an automatic center punch. Woodcraft has a different rendition of the one shown in the photo with the General Tools Heavy Duty Professional Automatic Center Punch, Model 78, Woodcraft Item #416181.

Drilling
Now it’s time to start creating some sawdust starting with the drill press. Using a machine tool centering bit, I drilled into the pre-punched center mark for the threaded rod hole to be drilled next.

After center drilling, it’s over to the Powermatic Lathe for drilling out a 23/64″ diameter hole for the scoop’s 3/8″-16 diameter threaded rod. You’ll need the undersized diameter drill bit so that the scoop threads engage into the wood when gluing with a 2-part epoxy for later assembly.  Another assembly choice is to use a threaded insert.

Lathe Setup
Pre-measure how much drill length you will need and give yourself another 1/4″-1/2″ depth so you do not bottom out during assembly later, by marking the drill bit (shown left above) with painters tape.

Insert the WoodRiver keyless chuck, Woodcraft Item #152678 (photo below left) loaded with the 23/64″ drill bit into the head stock.

Hold the block of wood (right) firmly against the WoodRiver 60 Degrees Ball Bearing Live Tailstock Center with #2 Morse Taper. Woodcraft Item #149168 (photo above right), located in the tailstock. Using approximately 250-300 RPM spindle speed, drill into the pre-drilled center hole of the wood block by controlling your wood block, fed into the drill bit with the tailstock spindle as your driving force into the drill bit at a slow pace.

 

After drilling to the pre-measured depth, replace the keyless chuck with a Sorby 7/8″ Diameter, #2 MT Drive Center, Woodcraft Item #145520

 

 

Center the wood block non-drilled hole end to the drive center in the lathe head stock. Hold it firmly as you move the tailstock live cone center into the drilled hole end of the block until the wood is firmly held between the two centers. You are now ready for turning.

Rough Turning the Handle
I placed the tool rest at the correct height for using a spindle roughing gouge. Choose the one that you prefer as size is not critical. I started shaping the square form into the desired diameter.

Tenon Cutting & Ferrule Fit
Once I had the round completed, I began cutting the tenon for the ice cream scoop ferrule. Turning down to a press fit diameter is a slow and critical process with many stops and checks to be sure you get the right fit. Remember, once you take material off, you cannot add it back on! My turning tool of choice was the Mini Easy Wood Rougher, Woodcraft Item #845506.

As I got down to the correct diameter, I made sure to include extra material height to go beyond the live cone center, which will need to be cut off later.

A quick tip here. As you are getting down to the required diameter measured off of the inside diameter of the ferrule, create a slight taper on the tenon to use as a press fit as you slide the ferrule onto the tenon.

I temporarily removed the turned stock from the lathe and cut off the extra height with the Shinwa 301/S03.00 Bakuma American Slim Cut Hand Saw 300mm, Woodcraft Item #126312. At this point, press fit the ferrule onto the tenon without any adhesive, just in case a mistake is made going forward in completing the handle shape.

Finish Turning the Handle Design
The design shape is purely left to your ideas and imagination. I wanted something that would be a sculpted fit in my hand when using the scoop with a thumb press fit while scooping the ice cream. Once your conception is realized, you can draw it on paper and transfer it onto the wood or just wing it, as I did! I marked an approximate line as to a radius center for the thumb fit,as shown below.

Once again, I turned to the Mini Easy Wood Finisher, Woodcraft Item #845746.

Sanding
I proceeded with sanding using the Mirka Abranet 2-3/4″ x 8″ Sanding Sheets, 8 piece, Woodcraft Item #150317. Working my way from 80 grit to 400 grit paper, these sheets allow for non-clogging smooth sanding, leaving you with a fine finish.

Finish
After sanding was complete, I used General Finishes Wood Turners Finish, about 8 to 10 coats, leaving a great finish. This stuff dries quickly and allows for repeated coats to be applied. Shine, are you kidding me! Seeing is believing and this stuff really works well!

Bottom Design – Drilling & Turning
We’re not quite done yet! The handle end (left side) has left a center hole and surrounding marks in the wood where the drive center is positioned. I’ll need to face it off or come up with a finish design for that end.

Rosewood Button Plug
Use your imagination for the bottom end design like a coin, marble insert, or perhaps a contrasting wood piece to accent or offset the darker lines in the cherry will give this handle just the right look. I decided on a contrasting piece by creating a Rosewood accent button plug. But first I needed to make the plug hole in the bottom of the handle. Using a 3/4″ diameter Forstner Bit, Woodcraft Item #147069.

I squared off the end with a Crown 3/8″ Spindle Gouge, followed by using a Crown Beading & Parting Tool to shape the button and separate it from the stock. Sand the button plug with the 8 different grit sheets of Mirka Abranet.

Gluing & Assembly
Glue the button plug to the handle bottom and the ferrule to the tenon using Titebond II Wood Glue, Woodcraft #Item #08L43 and press fit both ends with a vice, protecting both sides of the handle.

Three final steps; first applying the System Three 5 Minute Epoxy, 1/2 Pint, Woodcraft Item #124270, to the threads and ferrule area top and hole…

Second…adhere the scoop by threading into the finished handle until the scoop is tight to the ferrule.

I had previously commented about a sculpted fit for my hand. Here is the conception formed into reality.

The last step to perform, time for some ice cream!

Now that you know how to make this project, get to your local Woodcraft store or go online for your ice cream scoop and supplies. Have fun and be sure to share your ice cream scoop designs (and your favorite ice cream!) right here on the Woodcraft Adventures Blog & Gallery.

auf Wiedersehen..Frank!